9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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Louisville
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bentonville
— 1 night
Drive
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Branson
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tunica
— 1 night
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Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the views from The Big Four Bridge and then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Louisville travel planning site.

Charleston to Louisville is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Charleston in December, things will get a bit cooler in Louisville: highs are around 48°F and lows about 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Nature · Parks

Saint Louis

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from The Gateway Arch and then take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Saint Louis holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Saint Louis takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Saint Louis. December in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks

Kansas City

— 2 nights

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, then take an in-depth tour of Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, and finally get reinvigorated at Serenity on the Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Kaleidoscope, learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial, and then gain some tasty knowledge on Barley Bus Tours.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kansas City road trip planning app.

Drive from Saint Louis to Kansas City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bentonville.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Bentonville

— 1 night
Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, then get engrossed in the history at The Walmart Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Native American History, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel.

For photos and more tourist information, go to the Bentonville trip planner.

Drive from Kansas City to Bentonville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Bentonville are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Branson.

Things to do in Bentonville

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Branson

— 2 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
On the 31st (Thu), cool off at Silver Dollar City. Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your understanding of the past and present with VIP Tours of Branson, get engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum, and then find something for the whole family at Runaway Mountain Coaster.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Branson trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bentonville to Branson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Branson can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Tunica.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Tunica

— 1 night
Tunica is a town in and the county seat of Tunica County, Mississippi, near the Mississippi River. On the 2nd (Sat), try your luck at Gold Strike Casino and then try your luck at Horseshoe Tunica.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tunica trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Branson to Tunica takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. January in Tunica sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tunica

Fun & Games · Casinos

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Missouri travel guide

4.6
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.

Arkansas travel guide

4.4
State Parks · Historic Sites · Art Museums
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.

Mississippi travel guide

3.5
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.